THE INSIDE LINE . The race within the race . Frank Deiny Jr. tops the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year leader board after three events. JR Patton, Thomas Martin, Kevin Vernon, and Danny Burson round out the top-five Rookies. .
THE INSIDE LINE
. The race within the race . Frank Deiny Jr. tops the Victory Circle Chassis Rookie-of-the-Year leader board after three events. JR Patton, Thomas Martin, Kevin Vernon, and Danny Burson round out the top-five Rookies.
. How many cars? More than 35 cars have pre-entered the Budweiser "125" with several hometown heroes from the Stockton area. Drivers include Ron Strmiska Jr., Dave Byrd, and Rick Ruzbarsky. Series regulars Steve Belletto, Eric Holmes, and Jim Pettit II are also familiar names at Stockton.
. Auggie Vidovich Jr. missed last year's event at Stockton due to mechanical failure while leading the non-qualifiers race. He heads to Stockton as the 2003 points leader.
. Darrell LaMoure of Phoenix, Ariz. welcomes NAPA Auto Parts and Yerf-Dog Fun Karts as sponsors to his team in 2003. LaMoure continues to bring awareness regarding missing children to fans through his Racing for the Missing program. At each series race this season LaMoure and Yerf-Dog will raffle a Yerf-Dog Fun Kart at the race. Proceeds will be spilt between the Racing for the Missing program and the track's selected charity.
. The Daily Double: Three drivers are set to due double duty on Saturday, April 26. Currently ROTY point leader Frank Deiny Jr., 2001 FSWS ROTY Brandon Whitt, David Gilliland will all attempt to compete in the NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. then fly to Stockton in time to qualify for the Budweiser "125" for the Featherlite Southwest Series.
. Driver to keep your eye on: Dan Holtz has two straight top five finishes including a win this season. Holtz vaulted into 5th place in the point standings after a runner-up finish at Cajon Speedway April 5. Holtz is in his second year on the Featherlite Southwest Series.
. Hoosier Racing Tire is the official tire of the NASCAR Elite Division in 2003 and will award 32 tires to eligible car owners at each series event. Hoosier will also award two tires to the highest eligible Rookie-of-the-Year candidate's car owner.
. Featherlite Southwest Series contingency sponsors include: Anheuser-Busch, Auto Meter Products, Edelbrock Intake Manifolds, Featherlite Trailers, Five Star, Flowmaster, G-Force, Goody's Headache Powder, Holley Carburetors, Hoosier Tires, JR Pistons, Mac Tools, Mobil 1 Oil, Moroso, MSD, Penske Shocks, Powerade, Quarter Master, Quick Car, Raybestos Brakes, "76" Race Gas, Victory Circle Chassis, and Wix Air Filters.
. Steve Belletto of Modesto, Calif. moved into the NASCAR Top-10 for the first time this season after a career best 3rd place finish at Cajon Speedway April 5. Belletto sits 9th in the overall point standings.
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. "Stockton can be a dream day or a nightmare." - Jim Pettit II (No. 03 Hall Kinion Ford).
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Ken Boyd (86, 91), Dan Press (88, 89), and Troy Beebe (89, 90) each have two wins at Stockton 99 Speedway in Featherlite Southwest Series competition. But Ron Hornaday Jr. leads all drivers, current or past, with three trips to victory lane on the tight and tricky quarter mile (92, 93, 93).
Budweiser "125" presented by Havoline. Race 4 of 14 for the NASCAR Elite Division, Featherlite Southwest Series.
Stockton 99 Speedway, Stockton, CA.
8:30 p.m. PT, Saturday, April 26.
Pre-race schedule (all times local): 10:00 am Haulers Enter, 11:00 am Registration and Inspection begin, 12:30 pm Mandatory Driver's & Crew Chief's Meeting, 1:00 pm Mandatory Rookie Driver's Meeting, 1:30 pm Qualifying Draw, 2-4:00 pm Practice, 5:15 pm Time Trials, 7:00 pm 25-lap Qualifying Race, 8:30 pm Budweiser "125" presented by Havoline